Monument 14 - Book Review

I picked up this book in the OBX(Outer Banks, NC) at the Buxton Village Book Store - go check it out.  Cutest little book store ever.  I'm not sure why I didn't read it until now.  I've had it for about a year and a half now.  The mood stuck, so I grabbed it.

Monument 14 is a Teen/Apocalyptic thriller, set in 2024.  Cory Booker is the president and he is faced with many natural disasters as well as other disasters happening to the USA.  There are NO zombies in this book.  Terrifying, raging teenagers and equally scary adults.


Your mother hollers that you're going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don't stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don't thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not-you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it's the last time you'll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you'd stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne's action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world-as they know it-apart.

3.5 Stars

This is not Lord of the Flies.  This is today's teens faced with the world around them collapsing.  Thankfully there are some smart kids; Niko, a boy scout, Josie, a responsible teen, and Alex, a electronic genius.  The rest are typical teens and elementary children.  

The day stars normal, then large hail takes out the buses and lands the kids at a superstore, where they hold up, waiting to be rescued.  The Network is down, there is no way to communicate, to know if people are alive or dead.  Its just these 14 kids, trying to survive alone.   Can they make it?  Or will adults tear them apart?  Or will they tear each other apart?

This is a good story, I enjoyed reading it, I got caught up.  But to be honest, the only person I felt any sort of concern for was Niko and Max.  Niko is a leader, he knew what to do, he knew what needed to be done. Those popular kids were just filler and should be used as a lesson, being popular means NOTHING.  Being smart and prepared, means your life.  But this is a kids book, what am I thinking!?!  The characters were barely developed, because there was so many.  But that didn't matter, this was about the older kids stepping up and taking care of the younger kids and keep everyone safe.  

The plot kept me guessing what was going to happen and there were places where I would cringe.  A lot of things happened really quick for these kids.  And maybe that is good, they took it in stride and kept moving forward, they didn't cower.  But some of the choices they made, had me scratching my head.  Like the lady who came to the door, why didn't they let her in, she was harmless.  She could have helped them, instead they left her die.  And as for NORAD's little science experiment with the blood types, that made me laugh.  

While not the best Teen Apocalyptic story, it's still a solid tale.  This is series, book 2 & 3 are out.


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